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VIDEO: Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist Reflect on One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 in Michigan


March 10, 2021    



VIDEO: Governor Whitmer and Lt. Governor Gilchrist Reflect on One-Year Anniversary of COVID-19 in Michigan 


LANSING, Mich.  Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist released a video on social media reflecting on the first anniversary of COVID-19 in Michigan.  


"One year ago, our world changed as we knew it. Between the pandemic, a 500-year flood, and losing nearly 16,000 Michiganders to COVID-19, our state has had a challenging year," said Governor Whitmer. "In the past year we have made strides against the virus because of decisive action to stay home, socially distance, and wear a mask. Now, we're in the second half against the virus thanks to three safe, effective vaccines that will help protect you, your family, and others, and get our country and economy back to normal."  


"On the anniversary of COVID-19 in Michigan, we join together in remembrance of the 16,000 Michiganders who passed away from this terrible virus, including 27 people in my own life who I miss daily," said Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist. "Now we have an opportunity to build a bright future in the name of those who we had to say goodbye to far too earlyThis virus has been hard for all of us, but has also showed us the everyday heroes among us. We will beat this virus by standing united against COVID-19. 


The Whitmer-Gilchrist Administration has been focused on acting quickly, listening to experts, and following the data and science to help mitigate the spread of the virusVaccines are key to returning to normal, and as of March 8Michigan has administered 2,689,248 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders age 16 and older as soon as possible.  


The video can be viewed here:  


Michigan COVID-19 Memorial - YouTube